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West Fargo rider reaches finals of barrel horse racing championship

PERRY, Ga.-Kayli Sturlaugson, a 19-year-old from West Fargo, has advanced to the finals of the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships.Out of a total of 1,123 riders, Sturlaugson placed second in the first go-around posting a ...

PERRY, Ga.-Kayli Sturlaugson, a 19-year-old from West Fargo, has advanced to the finals of the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships.

Out of a total of 1,123 riders, Sturlaugson placed second in the first go-around posting a time of 14.917 seconds in the 200-foot course in which riders weave their horses around three barrels without knocking them over. Through the first 800 riders, Sturlaugson had the fastest time until Michael Duffie of Williamston, S.C., posted a 14.847 second time.

Even though she has already qualified for Saturday's finals, Sturlaugson will compete in Friday's second go-around.

"This year, she has had a really great showing," said Amanda Sturlaugson, whose daughter has competed two other times at this event held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds located about 120 miles south of Atlanta.

Sturlaugson is the only North Dakotan competing in the event that also includes riders from eight foreign countries.

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